Today, Wednesday, August 19th, Johnny Brenda’s is celebrating the dog days of summer with Philadelphia Brewing, Commonwealth Ciders and Rowhouse Spirits. The Fishtown fixture is hosting a summer evening of cocktails, beer cocktails and beer and cider from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Pennsylvania SPCA which just opened a satellite location on Frankford Avenue.
In addition to all the drinks, Johnny Brenda’s will also be grilling hot dogs, and with every donation to the SPCA, you get a hot dog.
R. Ring, a fairly new rock duo consisting of Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery, will be playing at Johnny Brenda's tonight. Signed with Misra Records, the two use voice, guitar and keys to create beautiful sounds their fans love. They're currently finishing a single to be released soon, and will introduce their unique sound at the show. Listen before you go: "Hundred Dollar Heat." Monday, July 27, 9pm, Johnny Brenda's, 1201 North Frankford Avenue.
This breakout band has taken the music world by storm since their debut in 2011. As talented multi-instrumentalists and singers, these two young girls started their duo while still in high school and have grown to have an edgy folk sound to their music. Since, they have written and recorded two albums, played tons of live shows and are currently on their 2015 national tour. Listen before you go: "Lemons in Chamomile." Tuesday, July 28, 8pm, World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.
Pop star and millennial sweetheart Ariana Grande will be singing to a packed house at the Wells Fargo Center. Grande's debut album, Yours Truly, was released in 2013 and met with instant success — it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Her second studio album, My Everything, was released in 2014 and also met with appraisal by fans and critics alike. Grande has been nominated for two Grammy and seven Billboard Music awards, and has won an American Music Award, MTV Video Music Award, and two MTV Europe Music Awards. Listen before you go: "Love Me Harder." Wednesday, July 29, 7:30pm, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street.
Radio 104.5 presents a night with Brandon Flowers, lead singer and songwriter of popular rock band The Killers. Flowers, who specializes in vocals, piano and guitars, launched his solo career in 2010 with the release of his debut album, Flamingo, and was awarded the Q Idol Award. Listen before you go: "Can't Deny My Love." Thursday, July 30, 8pm, The Electric Factory, 421 North 7th Street.
J. Cole is a popular hip-hop artist, songwriter and record producer originally from North Carolina. J. Cole's musical breakthrough came in 2009 when he released his debut mixtape and was then contacted by Jay-Z and signed to his record label. His debut album was released in 2011 and hit number one on the Billboard 200, Top R&B Albums and Top Rap Albums chart. Since, J. Cole has released two more high-charting albums and has developed a loyal fan base. Listen before you go: "Work Out." Friday, July 31, 6:30pm, Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Market Street, Camden, NJ.
Laura Marling is a folk singer-songwriter and musician based out of England. Since her 2008 debut album, Alas, I Cannot Swim, Marling has released four more studio albums and performed and toured internationally. In 2011, Marling won a Brit Award for Best British Female and an NME Award for Best Solo Artist. Listen before you go: "Once I Was An Eagle." Saturday, August 1, 8pm, Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden Street.
Philly's most popular alternative station, Radio 104.5, has been hosting free summer block parties since their debut in 2010, featuring some of the most successful alternative artists in the industry. This Sunday, the block party will feature headliners Matt and Kim, a Brooklyn-based alternative dance music duo. With Matt Johnson on vocals and keyboards and Kim Schifino on drums and vocals, the two are known for their DIY approach to their music. Since their debut album in 2006, the group has released four more albums and a handful of singles. Listen before you go: "Hey Now." Sunday, August 2, 12pm, Festival Pier, 601 North Columbus Boulevard.
If waiting in line at Best Buy for a $100 flat screen television is your idea of a nightmare, don’t fear. We’ve rounded up some of the best events for everyone in the Philadelphia region on Black Friday that don’t involve a single shopping bag or cash register line.
A Philadelphia Nutcracker
This unique production of the holiday dance classic by the Philadelphia Dance Theatre takes the action and moves it to areas throughout 19th century Philadelphia, including Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill. The Gothic-style Thomas Mansion on Wissahickon Avenue is the setting for the Act I party scene that everyone has come to know and love. You'll have to prance over David Kurtz Center to see the rest! (7:00PM, David Kurtz Center, 3000 W. Schoolhouse Lane, Philadelphia)
Polaris and Radiator Hospital at Johnny Brendas
Polaris, the house band lead by Mark Mulcahy, rose to fame in the 90's when they were featured on the now defunct The Adventures of Pete and Pete. They are teaming up with Radiator Hospital for a one-night only concert at Philly's notorious Johnny Brenda's. Tickets are going fast for what is sure to be a great night of fun and music. (8:00PM, Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., Philadelphia)
Black Friday Comedy Marathon
After you had to deal with all of your lovely in-laws the night before, you may need to laugh…a lot. No worries: Philly Improv Theatre is presenting a 24-hour series of comedy acts that run all day on Black Friday and into Saturday. Aptly called the Black Friday Comedy Marathon, the festival has something for just about everyone, including stand-up, variety shows, and sketch acts. With late-night sessions called "Porn: The Musical," this is one marathon that isn't for the faint of heart! (Starts at 10:00AM, Philly Improv Theatre, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia)
Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella: Kids' Night
The national tour of the Broadway hit Cinderella has two performances on Friday at the Academy of Music, but here's a deal that's just as good as a pair of glass slippers: the 8:00PM show has a special Kids' Night discount where young theatre goers can attend for up to 50% off. Don't miss the sweeping music, the award-winning costumes, and all of the tunes that you know from the multiple made-for-television versions of this classic musical. (2:00PM and 8:00PM, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia)
The return of the Morris Arboretum's most popular attraction starts Friday. Guests will be wowed by replicas of Philadelphia landmarks made out of all-natural materials, including barks, leaves, and twigs. Of course, there's the quarter mile of toy railroad track that weaves throughout the arboretum's winter gardens. (10:00AM, Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia)
Say Anything and Saves The Day Concert
It's one of the hottest tickets in town: bands Say Anything and Saves The Day are teaming up for a remarkable concert that celebrates the 10th anniversary release of Say Anything’s …is a Real Boy and the 15th anniversary of Saves The Day’s Through Being Cool. Reggie and the Full Effect will be joining them on stage as all three bands perform their albums in full for concert goers. Tickets are going extremely fast for the evening at the TLA. (7:00PM, Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St., Philadelphia)
Last Chance To See Full Circle: Works by Richard Pousette-Dart
It is your final chance to see the work of the twentieth century's most create draftsmen, Richard Pousette-Dart, at The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibit, Full Circle: Works on Paper, features 60 of Pousette-Dart's most iconic works, including 6 of his notebooks. The exhibit closes on Sunday after a nearly three month run. (Opens at 10:00AM, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia)
A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place
Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street, or, more specifically, Sesame Place? This family-friendly holiday celebration features everyone's favorite characters from the television show in special Christmas shows and at Santa's Furry Workshop. Don't forget to bring your own little monsters to Cookie's Monster Land and stick around for the Christmas Light Show. (Opens at 1:00PM, Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne)
Mary Poppins at Walnut Street Theatre
Everyone's favorite magical nanny has flown into Philly. Based on the beloved Disney film, the Broadway treatment of Mary Poppins is playing the Walnut Street Theatre. A great family affair that has two Black Friday performances, the musical features everyone's favorite songs, including "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Feed the Birds," and my favorite tongue twister of all-time, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!" Tickets can be purchased here. (2:00PM and 8:00PM, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia)